We’re fundraising!

This year, for the first time ever, we were able to offer sliding scale table fees for our exhibitors. It was a big step for us to take, and something we’d been wanting to do for a while.

To help us cover costs this year and next—and hopefully to be able to offer sliding scale fees in the future—we are asking you all to contribute what you can to our crowdfunding campaign.

Learn more about our campaign here!

The link above also offers a bit more info about what it costs to put on our zine fest every year, as well as how and why we made the choice to do sliding scale.

We appreciate your sharing the campaign and telling your friends! If you are able to make a donation, every bit helps and we truly appreciate it!

LAZF Indie GoGo is Happening!

Its here! The L.A. Zine Fest’s crowd funding on Indie GoGO has started and will continue for the next 30 days!

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Below is a list of the ama-zine “perks” we are offering as our way of saying THANK YOU for supporting independent publishing. This community wound’t be what it is without help.

Thank you, thank you!
We want to tell the world how much we appreciate your contribution, so this prize ensures that your name will be in the upcoming LAZF Guide #3, on the first page of the zine.  That’s not enough. We’re also going to deliver a heartfelt and deeply grateful thank you on our blog in an easy-to-see area.

D-d-d-digital zines
Sometimes you’ve got to travel light. This prize pack includes PDFs of the LA Zine Guide #1 and #2, and, when it comes out, #3. You will also have your name in the LAZF Guide #3 on the first page of the zine, and be thanked on our blog.

Zines are always in style
An LAZF 2013 t-shirt, an LA Zine Fest sticker and a button in a beautiful package mailed right to your door!

Poster prize
Receive one limited edition, official LA Zine Fest 2013 poster–hand-screenprinted in L.A. and 100% beautiful. Also, get everything in the $25 prize category.

Vendor-only preview night
Admission to our vendor-only preview on February 15th! This event is a chance for vendors to mingle, view, swap and purchase each others work at their tables the night before doors open to the public on Sunday. It’s like your own private Zine Fest!

You’re Welcome
You will get all the respect you deserve when you wear your very own giant button that says “I Made LAZF 2014 Happen. You’re Welcome.”  Also, receive an LAZF 2013 poster AND t-shirt!

Host a podcast!
Family Dinner Radio is an interview show discussing family and creativity that is broadcast on Poo-Bah Radio. As the host and special guest on Family Dinner, you’ll be interviewed by the LAZF crew and Brodie from Shakeytown Radio!  As part of your prize, you may invite up to 3 guests onto the show with you. Drinks and snacks during recording are also included in this package.

This Is Your Life: A Zine
LAZF will make a zine about YOUR LIFE!  That’s right: we will research all about you and come up with something fabulous. Once it’s done, we’ll make 10 copies and have them stocked in a local independent bookstore (if you want).

Ink portrait
Local illustrator, LAZF organizer and creator of the original L.A. Zine Fest logo design will create a one-of-a-kind ink portrait of you, or anyone you please–even Shia LeBeouf!

DJ You
Be a guest DJ on our favorite radio station, KXLU 88.9FM!! (prize only available for local residents)

Zine Party!
Zine workshop and screen printing demo at your house/school/organization for up to 20 people ages 8 and up; we bring all the materials and 3 dozen cookies (vegan and gluten free options available!)

Our IndieGoGo launches at 3 pm today!

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Some of you may know, that the L.A. Zine Fest is organized by only four people who meet on a weekly basis in hopes of making our annual event better with each passing year.

As our public support grows so does our expenses, which ultimately comes out of pocket from the attendees, exhibitors, and us organizers. To prevent these expenses from being passed on to ANYONE, we spend a lot of time organizing fundraisers to keep The L.A. Zine Fest alive and running.

Tomorrow we launch our IndieGoGo campaign which will have some pretty ama-zine prizes you’re going to want to check out.

Thank you to everyone who has believed in the importance of independent publishing, we are nothing without you!

Sept. 23: LA Zine Fest + Sean Carnage Present….

Sean Carnage‘s Monday nights at Pehrspace are consistently a sweaty, rewarding party. He’s buddied up with us to raise funds for this coming Zine Fest via this amazing evening of music and readings for all ages. Peep the line up:

11:30 Mothers Of Gut

10:45 Pleasure Leftists (Clevo)

10:15 Spokenest

9:45 Exorcisms

9:15 French Vanilla

+ VJ Wes

plus special guests the Women group writers & poets performing selected works

Sound = Drey

Doors 9pm / music PROMPTLY at 9:15

$7 / all-ages

We hope to see you there–let us know you’re coming on FB. Bring a friend! Heck, bring ALL your friends!

325 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Sparkplug Comics needs your help!

While working at Meltdown Comics a year and a half ago, I found myself squirreling away a copy of everything new from Portland-based Sparkplug Comics. You could find me devouring their comics while things were slow at the register, or putting down my hard-earned cash for a copy I could call my own.  So when I saw Sparkplug’s application to table at this past LA Zine Fest, I already knew Zine Fest was gonna rule!

If you’re not familiar with Sparkplug, now’s your chance. Sparkplug has 30 days left to reach their goal of $11,800 on Indiegogo and they are almost halfway there! They’ll be using the money to fund the three final publishing projects that Sparkplug founder, Dylan Williams, worked on before he passed from cancer in September 2011: Nurse Nurse, by Katie Skelly, Reich, a series by Elijah Brubaker, and The Golem of Gabirol by Olga Volozova. Depending on your level of contribution, you can choose to receive all three (and then some!) when they are published. And I betcha a million bucks, it’s worth it.

Check out their Indiegogo & contribute today!